Yes, I fully realize that you’ve barely recovered from the turkey coma of Thanksgiving and the consumerized trampling of Black Friday. Yes, I realize that you might only now be in the process of putting up your Christmas lights and you’re still anticipating the massive nature of a holiday feast. Even so, the ball will be dropping in New York’s Time Square before you know it and that means that you’ll soon be dealing with your new year’s resolutions.
While you could go about tackling these new year’s resolutions in a more traditional and analog kind of way, it’s far more effective (and a lot more fun) to leverage some awesome technology instead. If you want to get a leg up on those resolutions in time for January 1st, then you’ll probably want to place your online order for some of these items sooner rather than later. You are resolving to stop procrastinating, right?
Withings Smart Body Analyzer
Lose weight. It’s, by far, one of the most common new year’s resolutions and it always comes hot on the heels of all that eggnog and mincemeat pie. Many people battle with their bathroom scale come January, but the more technologically-inclined will find a lot to like with the Withings Smart Body Analyzer. Retailing for $149.95, it is positioned as “the one-stop health tracking scale.” It will not only measure weight, but also body composition, Body Mass Index (BMI), fat mass, heart rate and even air quality. It only takes 60 seconds to setup and the data can sync up with the mobile app on your iOS or Android device for access anywhere, any time.
The battle of the bulge goes far beyond how much you weigh, of course. Even if you find yourself in the right range in terms of weight, you might also resolve to get in better shape and to live a healthier life overall. There are a number of different fitness trackers out there, like Nike’s FuelBand and the Fitbit series, but one of the newest to the block is the Microsoft Band. The $199.99 device is part fitness tracker, part smartwatch, keeping tabs on your daily physical activity and alerting you of inbound text messages, email, calendar events and more. It works best on Windows Phone, because of the Cortana voice assistant functionality, but the Microsoft Band is perfectly compatible with Android and iPhone too.
Quitbit Smart Lighter
In addition to losing weight and getting in shape, one of the most common new year’s resolutions it to quit smoking. Quitting cold turkey on your own is a tough task indeed, even if you make use of the various nicotine patches and chewing gums. Turning to e-cigarettes is one possible solution or you could try the Quitbit Smart Lighter. Available only as a $99.00 preorder for now, the Quitbit tracks every time that you have a cigarette, letting you know how long it’s been since you’ve had your last smoke. You can set targets and goals, which are shown on the Quitbit’s integrated display. And you can go much further with the corresponding smartphone app, which allows you to view trends, track how much money you’re saving, and share your progress with friends, family and the Quitbit community.
Level Money Smartphone App
Now that we’ve taken care of multiple health-oriented concerns, it’s time to turn to the financially-oriented new year’s resolutions of saving more money. This involves not only working to pay down our debts, but also about how to rein in our spending habits. Approaching the cashflow issue from all direction is the Level Money app, which is free on Android and iOS. The idea with Level is that you get “a financial GPS” so you can make better spending decisions and to connect your everyday decisions with long-term savings goals. The visuals are clean, attractive and functional.
Livescribe 3 Smartpen
And finally, many people see January as a new beginning. The new year is filled with a world of possibilities, giving you the chance to get a better education or to get a better job. Working on either one of those fronts, you can add the Livescribe 3 Smartpen to your arsenal. The $149.95 device works like a regular pen, but your handwritten notes can appear instantly on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. It can also record audio notes and it’ll integrate with the rest of your mobile life, including tasks, reminders, calendar events and more. Taking notes in class or preparing for a job interview has never been more powerful and more convenient.
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